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Nebraska 49
Baylor 0

by Mark Fricke

(Lincoln, Nebraska - October 12, 1996) - It was supposed to be a blow out. For all intents and purposes it was.

The Nebraska offense returned to the rarified air they were used to with 669 yards in total offense while the defense held Baylor's offense to only 117 total yards in a 49-0 homecoming victory.

Nebraska's offense ate up the clock throughout the first half of the game with long drives. The games opening drive lasted for 13 plays before stalling at the Bears' 32 yard line. Husker kicker Kris Brown missed the field goal try allowing Baylor to dodge an early bullet.

The first Baylor drive was much like the rest of the day, three plays and out. The Huskers then geared up for a 12 yard drive covering 82 yards finished off by a one yard Damon Benning touchdown run.

Baylor went three and out again and gave the ball back to the Huskers for another run that lasted into the second period. A key play of the Husker drive was a 41 yard pass from Frost to Jon Vedral, however a penalty for excessive celebrating took 15 yards away from the gain. Freshman I-Back DeAngelo Evans handled most of the work on the drive, running six times for 35 yards including a six yard touchdown run giving Nebraska a 14-0 lead early in the second period.

Nebraska's next drive featured the Huskers biggest pass play of the afternoon. Scott Frost fired a screen pass to fullback Brian Schuster, who broke free for a 48 yard gain down to the Baylor 15 yard line. Two plays later DeAngelo Evans took an option pitch and rambled 11 yards for the touchdown and a 21-0 Husker lead with just over 9 minutes left in the half.

Baylor's offense sputtered again setting up another clock killing drive by the Huskers.

The Huskers marched 73 yards in 13 plays, scoring on a Damon Benning sweep for 18 yards.

Baylor picked up their initial first down of the game with just over three minutes left in the half and finally broke into Husker territory on their final drive of the half. Any Baylor hopes of a breakthrough ended when linebacker Terrell Farley sacked quarterback Jermaine Alford for a nine yard loss on third down.

Nebraska ended the half much the same as they started the half. A long Husker drive ended on a missed Kris Brown field goal sending the teams into the break with a 28-0 Husker lead.

The first half numbers showed the domination as the Huskers rolled to 405 yards offense (136 of those through the air) while Baylor could manage only 28. The Huskers won the time of possession battle as well, holding the ball for over 20 minutes. Starting I-Back Damon Benning carried 18 times in the first half for 115 yards.

Baylor's first drive of the second half went three and out, giving the Huskers good field position as they got the ball just inside Bear territory. A 31 yard pass from Frost to Sheldon Jackson set up the next score. Damon Benning took the honors for his third touchdown on the afternoon.

Baylor's offense was finally able to mount a drive on their next possession. The Bears pushed ahead for three first downs and got as close as the Husker 30 yard line. The Bears then self destructed with a pair of key penalties before settling for another punt.

The Huskers drove again, keyed by a 32 yard option run by Evans down to the Baylor 25. Frost put another Td on the board for the Huskers with a 13 yard run and a 42-0 lead.

Scott Frost ended the afternoon with a strong performance. Frost completed 8 of 15 passes for 178 yards and added another 90 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The Huskers turned to the backups for the fourth period, but the results seemed fairly similar to the rest of the game. On the first Husker drive of the fourth backup QB Matt Turman kept the ball on an option play and darted 45 yards for a touchdown. Nebraska was leading 49-0 with almost 12 minutes still to be played.

Both teams managed two unsuccessful drives before the final gun In the final Husker drive three different quarterback took snaps in seven plays.

Damon Benning lead all rushers with 135 yards on 22 carries. Freshman DeAngelo Evans rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries.

Terrell Farley paced the defense with seven tackles including two tackles for loss.

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